Revolutions: The Ideas That Changed The World

August 2019

Series 1: 6. Robots

4.0 26 x
Jim Al-Khalili explores the fascinating story of the robot, from ancient times to the modern day - asking if robots will one day take over the world.

Series 1: 5. The Telescope

3.0 15 x
Jim Al-Khalili on the fascinating story of the telescope. How it took a seashore plant, a bottle of mercury and a property boom to give us the machine that discovered the universe.

Series 1: 4. The Smartphone

4.0 6 x
Jim Al-Khalili uncovers the fascinating story of the smartphone. It would take a Hollywood star, a missed vacation and a Roman siege to give us the device that defines our age.

Series 1: 3. The Rocket

3.0 5 x
The incredible story of that amazing invention, the rocket. It took a teenage genius, a Chinese monk, a Soviet plot and a butter machine to give us the ability to leave the earth.
July 2019

Series 1: 2. The Car

4.0 31 x
The amazing story of the car includes an alliance with a deadly predator, devastating floods, a 19th-century publicity stunt, a mountain of horse dung and a trip to the slaughterhouse.

Series 1: 1. Planes

3.0 25 x
The amazing story of our greatest superpower - the ability to fly. A tale of passion, danger and death, it involves a bicycle, a toy, a disaster at sea and the ultimate sacrifice.